TITLE: THE PARTNER By: John Grisham Brief Summary: A partner lawyer fakes his death to run away with millions in the firm's money.
The Partner is one of John Grisham's best books by far! There was a little more description in The Partner, then in The Firm, but this one had a very slow intro.
The book opened with an anonymous man living in Brazil under an unknown name. Patrick Lanigan, now known as Danilo Silva, was living a normal life, not making a big deal about the ninety million dollars he had stolen from his ex-law firm two years ago. Danilo is wanted by his ex-law firm buddies, his client from whom he stole the money, and from the FBI. The people that want him the most were the men hired by the client that lost the ninety million, and they were the ones he was afraid of. He knew if the FBI found him he'd be busted, but also safe, if the other thugs found him, he was dead, all they cared about was the money.
One day while he was jogging Danilo is kidnapped and taken to a place where he is tortured with electricity and other devious objects. The FBI received a tip that Patrick Lanigan had been captured, and when the FBI found this team of hitmen, and took Patrick, he had already received burns on his skin and charred his flesh. When Danilo returns to his home town, he once again is Patrick Lanigan, and is forced to face up to all the things he has done in his past. The first thing he does is he gets himself a good lawyer, one he knew from his first life, an old buddy from college. A judge friend, the one who spoke at his funeral, also came to visit Patrick in the hospital to visit and take him pizza. Patrick was suspecting many things before he left so he had several private detectives gather information on his ex-wife and how she was spending the insurance money with her new drug-dealing boyfriend. With out Patrick's strategy and his lawyer's skills, he would have remind in jail, awaiting the death penalty. In the end Patrick walks away a free man, with only with debts in lawyer's frees.
OPINION: The Partner was great because the suspense was high. You keep thinking, "Who are these people Patrick has working for him?" When you find out, you may be disappointed. It's very obvious and it's the usual enemy John writes about. Very stereotypical. But, even if you are not disappointed, that just adds to a great story. You can argue the plot wasn't exactly a deep brainteaser or anything, but it is still enjoyable. However the end was a complete change of diection that really excited me and made me angry with one of the characters at the same time. The plot was good, but the character development kind of got lost in this story. But again, it doesn't matter with this book.
Patrick's lawyer was the best character, he was the one who basically let him walk free. He was one character who really stood out, he kicked serious butt. He didn't let the fact that his client was completely guilty of almost everything they accused him of discourage him, and not to mention he was the most hated and the most admired man in the city. Patrick and Eva never told his lawyer the whole story altogether. He had to put it together for himself, which helped him try hard so Patrick didn't get convicted of the charges. On the flip side, the man from the FBI, was underdeveloped and another "generic" cheesy FBI type character. The rest of the characters, including Patrick and Eva, are just average. A lot of Grisham's books are similar, and some don't have killer plots. But this one, as well as The Firm were very interesting. This one is fast reading!